How Would You Build a Video-Editing PC?

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How did you get the Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 for free since you didn't include it in the price? A little research suggests it is around $700 to $800.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor ($589.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.57 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - X399 Phantom Gaming 6 ATX TR4 Motherboard ($244.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($234.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB XC BLACK GAMING Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1982.28
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Added in the OS as I'm sure anyone who is video editing doesn't want the watermark.
 

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You're right! Unfortunately at the time of submission, the RAM prices were in stock and much lower in price. We'll do better next time to submit a parts list that is price accurate at the time of publishing.
 

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IMO, 64gb is overkill unless you are in After Effects a lot. Especially with the price of RAM the way it is. Other than that, I wouldn't change much at all. Good idea to use SATA SSDs. Definitely worth the small premium over HDDs.
 

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Not only was there no RAM, there was no OS. Generally speaking, that build is over 1k over budget at the moment (that's 50% of the price!). A little bit of a fail, especially since Wildcard999 posted a complete build that's within budget and probably better for video editing as well (additional 4 cores will go a long way as well).
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor ($589.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($112.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - X399 Phantom Gaming 6 ATX TR4 Motherboard ($244.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB XC BLACK GAMING Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2034.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-02 20:47 EST-0500
Couple of tweaks that I would do to wildcards build because it is very solid. I found some quad channel RAM for the same price and went with the EVGA CLC 280 because it's cheaper and it's what I use so I know it works great.
 
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It does seem like an ideal choice... if it was available, and if the budget was a good deal larger.

Yeah if you are spending the cash for a TR4 platform you really need to go quad channel. I agree with the motherboard selection, the PG6 is the better choice unless you're really going all-out. $2000 is actually kind of restrictive for a TR4 build that requires lots of cores, storage, and good graphics. You've got to compromise a bit, and I think you found a good balance given that restriction.

If the build had a slightly larger budget (say around $2500), for the secondary storage go for a single 2TB SU800 for around $250 (Amazon) or a Micron 1100 for $270 (Amazon, Newegg). You could then spend the balance on a faster GPU to bring it more in line with the original build (minus the mega-RAM).
 

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Doing 4k editing on

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic mini Itx board. All white build with blue glow.
Corsair watercooled R1800x
4x8/32 GB
1gb S960
2tb Samsung
Gigabyte Geforce 1080
Corsair Air 240 case, white.
Benq proofscreen.
USB Audio interfaces:
Yamaha THR5A
Behringer UMC404HD
Rockville RCM03 mic.

Sources are Gopro 4k, 4k phone and 4k Pana and homemade sax, uke, drum.

Editing: Davinci, Gimp, Reaper.

32gb Ram are plenty.
Basic version of Davinci is free. Ordered me the full version and is included with the BMP Cine soon,

Davinci grabs as many cores as you are willing to allocate and this is absolutely great. Preview, editing and rendering happens on the graphic card. Means your PC wont bog down. Davinci is easier to use than Premiere.

Rendering 4k is fast. Very fast. A slight performance hit with 8k but not much.
There is no need for a Threadripper at the moment. Its a nice to have thing. I sure would but my setup is about as fast in real world usage as the bigger chip at about half the cost.

First time in my life that I have a PC that can crunch and stay nimble and I will upgrade to last and fastest chip at the end of the Ryzen cycle. Thx AMD.
 

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i'm still learning, & decided to go with Davinci cause it's free & highly rated. could you point me towards a good source to learn from pls? also, what's "BMP Cine"? i'm on an i7 6700k + gtx970 + 16gb + Evo 850/840's... 1080p files, but 4k render to preserve quality after Youtube compression... it's not as fast as i'd like, so waiting to see how Zen2 (& maybe Navi?) goes.
 

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A 2070 and 64Gb is a bit overkill. Even for Resolve that's a lot of ram. Plus something like Corel Videostudio still wants to use under 4Gb of ram no matter what you're doing.

I'd also prefer a board with 2x or 3x m.2 drives. One for the OS, one for the working drive and one for the scratch/proxy/saved files.
 

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Not sure how many commenter's actually edit video....
just saying.....
If in the business and cranking videos out ...wedding, commercial, vbloging, etc. Time is money.
AMD based can get it done but Intel based will save you time.
The back and forth over 32 vs 64 gig RAM is pointless.

The builds are fine that are presented. One aspect that is not mentioned is matching video card with monitor. many content creators run multiple screens.
The question becomes 1 big card or 2 smaller.
Are the monitors 5K or more standard 27" UHD?
This affect refresh rates.

Since we are talking about a business build... bigger power supply will help in the long run: efficiency, handle change in future upgrades....
I would start at 750 watt or move to an 850 watt.
Efficiency when the machine is rendering video while also editing.

I totally get a $2000 limit... it is really about $1000 to low for a business level class machine a content creator would use.
Yes, I understand the weekend warrior will do just fine with this rig. Just bringing in some perspective.

I am a wedding shooter. I have shoot 35 wedding in 2018.
I build my own platforms.
I appreciate the insights from tomshardware.com. Good stuff.

end of the day... just my 2 cents. Mark
 

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Just my 2 cents:

while $2000 is a good start. business level machine for wedding video, v-blogging, commercial work will actually step closer to $3000+.

Remember time is money.
The rigs presented are pretty solid. I would say for somebody starting out.

I would lean towards 64 GIG of RAM. Always need more RAM. Adobe products like RAM.

Remember you will be rendering and editing at the same time.
Things I would adjust:
PSU... I would bump up to 750 or 850 watts.
When editing, the machine will be in full on use. all cores maxed or close to it. No time to skimp. plus future proof your rig.

Which brings us to case and fans: I would step up to a slightly bigger case. Plus have 3-4 case fans to help move air.

Video card: not mentioned is making sure it is matched with monitor (s) you will be running. 5K monitor like to eat up video cards. you have 2 monitor... then you will need two video cards. unless they are lower resolution. say dell Ultrasharp 27". If you have 2 monitor, the GTX 2070 will be fine.

The MOB: you want to make sure you have plenty of USB 3.1 connections. While uploading to cloud sounds cool. You will still need to move content from cameras/memory cards on and off the rig.
1 wedding would create 100-200 gigs of footage for example.
Plus you will dump your digital sound form the DJ too.

I would choose a m.2 SSD instead of one crucial.
An optimized rig will have a smaller SSD for OS (250gig). a 2nd SSD (the m.2 @ 500 or 1 TB) for scratch space or your actual work space.
Then a 3rd/4th spinning HD for storage of raw footage.
Sorry ... real life.

The CPU: AMD is good... but intel actual spins premier pro a little better.
But either will work.

If you throw these recommendation though part picker..... $2500 to $3000 will be the price point.

Windows 10 is good for a an OS.

and yes... I shoot wedding. I shot 34 wedding in 2018.
 

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Black Magic's Youtube channel released 8 one hour training videos on the newer DR 15. I learned a lot from watching them. Good luck. I use DR15.2 for advanced video editing, Techsmith Camtasia for training video editing, Reaper DAW for voice over recording/editing, Affinity Photo and GIMP 2.10.8 for photo editing.

My build
Ryzen 7 2700x
Asrock x470 Taichi
32GB 2933 G-Skill
RX 580 8GB MSI Armor OC
1TB WD Black m.2 ssd
2 1TB Samsung 860 Evos (I miss Black Friday prices)
WD Red 4TB
Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic
EVGA 240 CLC with Noctua NF-A12x25 (Pull out the sides)
EVGA 750 G3 Gold
2 NF-12 Noctua Grey Redux fans (top/bottom air intake)
4K Dell U2718Q 27" Monitor

This build is working great with 4k footage, but I haven't used Fusion a ton yet. Just one GPU for now, until I buy the full DR15.
 

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I'm not so sure it's accurate to say "-most files these days are stored in the cloud." in the context of video files, when you consider the average upload speeds available to the majority of people out there. Most of the content creators I'm familiar with still have rather sizable investments in spinning disks.
 

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@Krazie_Ivan:

BMP Cine. Superb cine cam. Rivaling Arri and Red. Its that good. Arri and Red lowered their prices to half because of BMP. They gouged long enough with insane prices.
4k and 5/6k are very similar. 8k will be a gamechanger again. 4k is midterm futureproof.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1401512-REG/blackmagic_design_pocket_cinema_camera_4k.html

Your rig is fine. Its 4 core will of course max out faster than an 8 core or better. Get a 1080 card. Its about as fast as a 2080 when rendering. Render only on card and your PC stays usable.

A 1080 is maybe quadrupling your throughput and gives decent speedbump over the GC that you have.


Blackmagic youtube channel is good start for learning.

If you can afford or want - add 32 mb Ram
 
12-core TR2 vs 16-core TR1:
*remember, lots of video editing tasks are not highly threaded and care more about single thread performance (core IPC and frequency).

**Tomshardware... maybe do an article where you identify the BOTTLENECKS using two different video editing software then find the best BALANCE of parts that way based on project editing and rendering time (editing being more important since you are sitting there whereas final rendering you may not be)
 
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.95 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($95.70 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($459.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($347.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB XC BLACK GAMING Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1954.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-04 07:12 EST-0500

While we are doing this how you would build thing... what happened to the Best PC Builds of 2018 thing?
 

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I am surprised to see SATA storage in an otherwise-muscular build. The 960GB ADATA SX8200 NVMe drive is regularly $160 or below on Rakuten.com, and should be *significantly* faster than SATA drives listed.
 

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